Far proper extremist Tommy Robinson has been freed from prison the place he was serving a sentence for contempt of court docket.
Robinson, whose actual title is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, emerged with a shaggy beard and lengthy hair after being launched from Belmarsh this morning.
He was jailed for filming defendants in a grooming trial and life-streaming it on Facebook.
He was launched after serving nine weeks after a court docket imposed a nine-month jail time period following the incident outdoors Leeds Crown Court.
Speaking after the sentencing, the Attorney General stated: ‘Today’s sentencing of Yaxley-Lennon serves as an instance how critically the courts will take issues of contempt.
‘Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings has consequences, and I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.’
Robinson arrived late at court docket for sentencing carrying an in a single day bag and carrying a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrases: ‘Convicted of journalism.’
He modified his shirt as soon as inside as he confronted judges.
At the beginning of the listening to, his barrister Richard Furlong apologised for his shopper’s late arrival, blaming ‘quite a few individuals outdoors who’re right here to assist him’.
Dame Victoria replied: ‘Well, it’s not an excellent begin, is it?’
The former English Defence League founder was present in contempt in three respects when he filmed males accused of the sexual exploitation of younger women, in breach of a reporting ban, outdoors Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.
He has 11 earlier convictions for violence, public order offences, fraud and disobedience of court docket orders.
After he was present in contempt, Robinson launched a video of himself begging President Donald Trump to grant him ‘political asylum’ within the US, claiming he can be killed if he was put in prison in Britain.
He stated: ‘I beg Donald Trump, I beg the American government, to look at my case. I feel like I’m two days away from being sentenced to dying within the UK.’
His attraction continued: ‘I need evacuation from this country because dark forces are at work.’
As he was led to the cells on the Old Bailey, Robinson winked on the public gallery and put his fingers up in a V signal for victory.
Robinson’s barrister Richard Furlong raised the potential of an attraction in opposition to the court docket’s choice on contempt and was informed he has 28 days from immediately to use.
Outside court docket, Robinson’s supporters booed as information of his sentence filtered by means of.
The crowd marched in the direction of the Old Bailey chanting ‘we want Tommy out’ once more earlier than some started pelting police with drinks bottles and cans.
Officers donned their helmets as violent clashes erupted.
How Tommy Robinson might have helped preserve Huddersfield rape gang on UK streets:
Robinson might have helped preserve the Huddersfield rape gang on the streets by ignoring reporting restrictions designed to make sure the proceedings had been truthful.
He claimed the actions of the gang had been being coated up as a result of the offenders had been of Asian origin.
In actuality, reporting of the case was solely being postponed for well-established authorized causes.
The restriction was put in place as a result of the defendants had been being dealt with in separate trials.
In such circumstances, reporting is usually postponed till the ultimate case so jurors can’t be prejudiced by studying accounts of earlier trials.
In this case, a reporting restriction was in place which postponed the publication of any particulars of the case till the tip of three separate trials – which concerned a complete of 29 individuals.
The similar jury had been in place for all three trials because of the connection between the lads concerned. The reporting restriction was in place to make sure no cross contamination.
Robinson broadcast the footage in query whereas the jury was out contemplating its verdict within the second trial.
Robinson claimed the circumstances had been being coated up as a result of the lads had been Muslims.
Lawyers for 2 of the defendants within the grooming gang utilized unsuccessfully for the jury to be discharged on May 26, counting on the best way Robinson had confronted the defendants and the allegedly prejudicial nature of what had been stated.
The case might have been dismissed if the appliance was profitable.
One of the defendants later went on the run after a protest in opposition to Robinson’s arrest and imprisonment, held outdoors Leeds Crown Court on June 1, was marketed prematurely.
There was an extra utility to discharge the jury based mostly on the consequences of the demonstration, which was rejected by the choose, and the jury returned their verdicts on June 5, discovering the defendants responsible on all counts.
Robinson was conscious of the potential penalties of his actions at Leeds Crown Court – as he had been given a suspended prison sentence for contempt of court docket in 2017 after making an attempt to movie three Asian males and an adolescent who had been on trial at Canterbury Crown Court accused of gang-raping a teenage girl.
Tommy Robinson’s jail sentences:
His legal report consists of violence, monetary and immigration frauds, drug possession, public order offences and contempt of court docket.
In 2005, Robinson was convicted of assaulting an off-duty police officer after he intervened to guard Robinson’s girlfriend from him.
He was jailed for 12 months.
In 2011, he was given a 12-week jail sentence – suspended for 12 months – for headbutting a person in Blackburn.
In 2012, Robinson was charged with utilizing false journey paperwork after coming into the US illegally through the use of a passport with the title Andrew McMaster.
A choose informed him on the time: ‘What you did went absolutely to the heart of the immigration controls that the US are entitled to have. It’s not in any sense trivial.’
Robinson was jailed for 10 months and launched on digital tag on February 22, 2013.
In 2012, Robinson was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by misrepresentation in relation to a mortgage utility.
He pleaded responsible to 2 prices and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
CONTEMPT OF COURT:
In 2017, Robinson acquired a suspended sentence for placing a trial at Canterbury Crown Court liable to collapse – after he broadcast statements from contained in the court docket constructing.
In 2018, he was jailed for the same offence at Leeds Crown Court. However, he was launched after efficiently difficult the court docket’s sentencing process.
In 2019, the lawyer basic determined that it was within the public curiosity to deliver additional proceedings in opposition to Robinson.
On July 11, he was given a nine-month jail sentence.